for your iPhone
for your iPad
NASCAR

NASCAR Links

Scanner Frequencies

Meet the Staff

2014 Schedule

Martin, Bayne share front row for Coke Zero 400

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, July 01, 2011

Advertisement

Old Man Mark Martin wins Daytona pole
Mark Martin apparently didn't get the memo about NASCAR's youth initiative -- or didn't care.

With a lap at 182.065 mph (49.433 seconds), Martin, at 52 the fourth-oldest driver in the field, knocked the youngest, 20-year-old Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, off the pole for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

I was just the lucky guy who got to strap in it [Friday]," said Martin, who credited the Hendrick Motorsports engineering and engine shop with the speed he found in his car. "I really didn't expect to get the pole. When I ran, I could have been first or 21st -- I had no idea." Zzzz

Bayne (182.002 mph) will start the race on the outside of the front row, followed by Clint Bowyer (181.624 mph) and resurgent Jeff Gordon (181.583 mph), who has more wins at restrictor-plate tracks (12) than any other active driver.

David Ragan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Andy Lally, Jimmie Johnson, A.J. Allmendinger and Paul Menard will start the race from positions five through 10, respectively.

The pole was Martin's first of the season and the 50th of his career, eighth most all-time.

Bayne missed six weeks of racing this season with an illness that still hasn't been diagnosed. The Coke Zero 400 will be Bayne's second Cup race since returning from the illness -- speculated to be the result of a tick or insect bite -- that sidelined him after the April 17 event at Talladega. After two trips to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and extensive treatment with antibiotics, Bayne got a clean bill of health and resumed racing June 4 in a Nationwide event at Chicagoland.

Bayne said returning to Daytona as the 500 champion didn't really hit him until he drove onto the race track for the first time.

"When I got on the track ... I realized that my last lap here was a victory lap," Bayne said. "That was the biggest eye-opener, when I finally got back on the track."

Bayne had to qualify for the race on speed. Consequently, he spent his time during Thursday's practice on single-car runs, while those already locked into the field spent their time in the two-car drafting hookups that will characterize Saturday night's race.

We didn't do any drafting runs in practice," Bayne said. "We did two mock [qualifying] runs, because we had to make it on time, and people pulled out in front of us on those runs, so we really didn't get any practice at all."

Tony Raines and J.J. Yeley failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 182.065 49.433 Leader
2 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 182.002 49.450 -0.017
3 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Wheaties Fuel 181.624 49.553 -0.120
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Max 181.583 49.564 -0.131
5 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 181.320 49.636 -0.203
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard Heritage / Amp Energy 181.240 49.658 -0.225
7 71 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 181.039 49.713 -0.280
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's Summer Salute 180.995 49.725 -0.292
9 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford U.S. Air Force 180.948 49.738 -0.305
10 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 180.934 49.742 -0.309
11 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NRA 180.894 49.753 -0.320
12 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 180.781 49.784 -0.351
13 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 180.752 49.792 -0.359
14 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 180.748 49.793 -0.360
15 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 180.745 49.794 -0.361
16 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Affliction Clothing: Live Fast 180.661 49.817 -0.384
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 180.581 49.839 -0.406
18 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 180.571 49.842 -0.409
19 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Burger King 180.549 49.848 -0.415
20 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 180.469 49.870 -0.437
21 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 180.343 49.905 -0.472
22 97 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze 180.310 49.914 -0.481
23 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 180.296 49.918 -0.485
24 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 180.242 49.933 -0.500
25 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 180.173 49.952 -0.519
26 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 180.040 49.989 -0.556
27 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 179.856 50.040 -0.607
28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 179.852 50.041 -0.608
29 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 179.784 50.060 -0.627
30 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 179.734 50.074 -0.641
31 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 179.652 50.097 -0.664
32 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 179.616 50.107 -0.674
33 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 179.605 50.110 -0.677
34 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 179.433 50.158 -0.725
35 135 Geoff Bodine Chevrolet Luke & Associates 179.261 50.206 -0.773
36 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 179.229 50.215 -0.782
37 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 179.083 50.256 -0.823
38 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate All Battery Center 178.855 50.320 -0.887
39 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 178.646 50.379 -0.946
40 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 178.617 50.387 -0.954
41 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 178.586 50.396 -0.963
42 7 Mike Bliss+ Dodge Speed Energy 177.904 50.589 -1.156
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 179.087 50.255 -0.822
. . Did Not Qualify . . . . .
44 37 Tony Raines Ford BlackCat Fireworks.com 178.363 50.459 -1.026
45 46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Red Line Oil 175.750 51.209 -1.776

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article